Abdominal distention is a condition in which the abdominal area increases in diameter, is detected when a person experiences a feeling of fullness, feeling pressure in the stomach and feeling of satiety, can also cause pain in the abdomen. This bloating is caused by the accumulation of fluid in the abdominal cavity, it is medically known as ascites. There are a number of possible causes for the swelling. The most common is the accumulation of liquids and intestinal gases in the stomach. Overeating also can be causative. Similarly, a person with lactose intolerance may suffer swelling after ingesting dairy products.
A person with a nervous habit of swallowing air, condition called aerophagia, may also experience swelling. People with certain diseases such as syndrome of Alvarez, splenic just syndrome, irritable and diverticulitis problems, can also lead to complications. Menstruating women or those with ovarian cysts may suffer swelling, like constipated individuals or with partial bowel obstruction. Serious medical problems, such as intra-abdominal tumors and megacolon, can also cause swelling. Therefore, it is important to consult with a physician when swelling occurs without apparent reason.
The swelling usually is treated with home remedies; If the inflammation is caused by constipation, for example, eating fruits may help loosen stool. Exercise, drink lots of water and fiber may also help relieve constipation and, therefore, help to treat swelling. Also activated charcoal pills can help relieve gas and reduce swelling, but should not be ingested by women who use contraceptives. In addition, carbon should not be used long term.